Drugs and well-being: Prohibition's negative aspects

Emily Crick

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This chapter reviews a range of definitions of the term 'well-being', the indicators used to measure it, and its relevance to drug policy analysis. It then explores how drug policy impacts upon well-being and, finally, discusses the issues raised with real-world examples. The chapter argues that the well-being paradigm is useful in drug policy because it provides a fresh and comprehensive perspective from which to critically analyse and compare different approaches to managing drug use in society. It will suggest that the current policy of international drug prohibition has largely negative impacts upon well-being globally. The unregulated nature of the illegal drugs markets undermines well-being, and where well-being is also low, it lowers it further.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Politics of Narcotic Drugs: A Survey
EditorsJulia Buxton
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-1085743-501
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • drugs, drug policy, wellbeing

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